Laura Dobell, Creative Director

After studying costume design and theatre set design at the university level, Laura found professional success during a 10 year career in the fashion industry, where she helped plan and merchandise retail interiors. 

With her flair for style and personal experiences in buying, selling, and renovating homes with one of Toronto's top realtors, turning to residential design was a natural move for Laura.  As Modern Staging | Spaces Creative Director, Laura provides guidance for her staging team, and leads the residential design projects. 

Laura has guest starred on DIY Networks hit show, Family Under Construction, as a design consultant, and her work has been showcased in the National Home Show in Toronto.  To add to her success, her staging work as appeared on HGTV's popular real estate show, Buy Herself, and has been show cased on both Toronto Life and HGTV's websites as Toronto's Hottest Lofts. 

In partnership with her fantastic clients, Laura and the realtors she works with have had their stagings / listings receive multiple accolades and media mentions in publications such as The Mash Canada and Toronto Life's Condo of The Week.

Laura enjoys relevant, thoughtful design, paddle boarding, and sunshine.   

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Shilpa Chandaria, Designer


Shilpa is the most recent addition to the Modern Staging team.  Having lived all over the world, designing and decorating her own homes. she brings her experiences and skills to staging and design.  

Beginning her Interior Design training in San Francisco and after relocating to Toronto in 2010, Shilpa has completed the George Brown Interior Decorating Certification. 

Shilpa enjoys mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and evergreens. 



Kathryn Foster, Designer

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With more than a decade in fashion buying and planning, Kathryn is applying her many talents and eye for detail to the homes staging industry.  Kathryn also moonlights as co-owner of Toronto's hippest lifestyle store, Good Neighbour. 

In addition to her work in the fashion industry, Kathryn works with our clients who need advice and guidance on quick DIY fixes in preparing to put their home on the market.  

Kathryn is friendly, approachable, and provides excellent advice for those clients working on a tight budget and timeline.  

Kathryn enjoys family trips, gardening, shopping, and the Ceili Cottage mac n cheese dinner.  



Jennifer Giffen

Jennifer joins the Modern Staging | Spaces team with years of design experience under her belt.  An Annex Dweller, Jennifer loves eclectic layered design, victorian houses, and her wee puppy.  


Nicole Gemus

With her natural eye and deep connection with design, Nicole brings enthusiasm and talent to the Modern Staging | Spaces team. 

Her strong business background working with a range of media and lifestyle-oriented companies marries well with the creative environment at Modern Staging. Also enrolled in George Brown’s Interior Decorating program, Nicole has channeled her love for styling into the interior staging industry.

Providing sound design advice to her clients, Nicole's focus has been on modern furniture and space planning.  Her friendly demeanour is an excellent addition to the team.

Nicole loves natural textiles, traveling and the sea.